Abbotsford, British Columbia

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Introduction

Abbotsford is the 5th largest municipality in British Columbia and home 128,940 citizens, as of the 2006 Census. Abbotsford is served by its own municipal police force, Abbotsford Police Department, and composite fire department, Abbotsford Fire-Rescue. Emergency health services are provided to Abbotsford by the British Columbia Ambulance Service.

Police

After having used their VHF radio system for nearly fifteen years, Abbotsford Police have officially transitioned to the E-Comm WARS radio system. All traffic is now ProVoice and cannot be monitored at this time. Their operations may be received on the new Abbotsford site, Maple Ridge, and Langley WARS sites.

Talk Groups

The talkgroups that the Abbotsford Police Department now uses include but are not limited to the following:

728 05-110 APD Citywide Alerts (Broadcasts)
729 05-111 APD Ch. 1 Dispatch
730 05-112 APD Ch. 2
731 05-113 APD Ch. 3
732 05-114 APD Ch. 4 (Information Channel)

All police departments and R.C.M.P. detachments currently on WARS also have access to a set of police mutual aid channels. These channels allow for interoperablity when working in another jurisdiction or with another agency such as Fire or Ambulance.

Dispatch

Dispatch is based out of the main police station at 2838 Justice Way Abbotsford, B.C. V2T 3P5 and consists of a staff of 2 dispatchers, Dispatch and Information channels, and ? call takers. The APD use the province-wide PRIME computer system for incident dispatch and records management.

Radio Callsigns

The APD operate with the standard PRIME radio call signs assuring interoperability between agencies throughout the province of British Columbia. Unlike other police departments and RCMP detachments on PRIME, the APD do not utilize prefix numbers to indicate zones or sections. The APD runs 5 shifts throughout a day.

  • A shift - morning 2300 - 0700
  • B shift - mid-day 0700 - 1500
  • C shift - afternoon 1300 - 2100
  • D shift - evening 1600 - 0100
  • E shift - night 2000 - 0400

The APD utilize in-car Mobile Data Terminals as well as personal Mike phones for sensitive operations and conversations.

Fire

Abbotsford Fire-Rescue Services (AFRS) is a composite department comprised of 7 halls, 3 of which are composite and 4 of which are fully paid-on-call. In these halls, AFRS operates 4 career engines, E1, E8, E2 and E6, as well as 9 paid-on-call engines, 2 paid-on-call ladder trucks, 4 paid-on-call tenders and 2 paid-on-call utility vehicles.

Halls

Firehall 1 (Clearbrook)

32270 George Ferguson Way Abbotsford, BC V2T 2L1 Tel: 604-853-3566 Fax: 604-853-8452 Engine 1, Engine 8, Rescue 1, Engine 1-1, Engine 1-2, Engine 1-3, Ladder 1-7, Utility 1-8

Firehall 1
Firehall 1
Firehall 2 (Sumas Prairie)

35995 North Parallel Road Abbotsford, BC V3G 2E3 Tel: 604-855-4112 Fax: 604-852-4773 Engine 2, Engine 2-1, Tender 2-5

Firehall 2
Firehall 2
Fire Hall 3 (Aberdeen)

28465 Fraser Highway Abbotsford, BC V0X 1A0 Tel: 604-856-1541 Fax: 604-856-1591 Engine 3-1, Tender 3-5

Firehall 3
Firehall 3
Firehall 4 (Matsqui Village)

5775 Wallace Street Abbotsford, BC V0X 1S0 Tel: 604-826-4772 Fax: 604-826-4372 Engine 4-1, Tender 4-5

Firehall 4
Firehall 4
Firehall 5 (Mt. Lehman)

5875 Mt. Lehman Road Abbotsford, BC V0X 1V0 Tel: 604-856-3786 Fax: 604-856-3795 Engine 5-1, Tender 5-5

Firehall 5
Firehall 5
Firehall 6 (Abbotsford)

2427 West Railway Avenue Abbotsford, BC V2S 2E3 Tel: 604-853-5868 Fax: 604-852-2973 Engine 6, Engine 6-1, Engine 6-2, Ladder 6-7

Firehall 6
Firehall 6
Firehall 7 (Sandy Hill)

34989 Old Clayburn Road Abbotsford, BC V2S 6W7 Tel: 604-855-0614 Fax: 604-851-5056 Engine 7-1, Utility 7-6

Firehall 7
Firehall 7

Dispatch

AFRS is dispatched by the Fraser Valley Regional Fire Dispatch (FVRFD) centre located in Chilliwack Fire Department firehall 1 in Chilliwack, BC. FVRFD employs 4 full time and 5 part time dispatchers. FVRFD utilizes the Fire Department Management (FDM) Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system for all the departments within the Fraser Valley Regional District for which it dispatches.

Frequencies

154.8900 - Dispatch
159.9900 - Tactical 1 (un-confirmed)
155.6850 - Tactical 2 (un-confirmed)

AFRS, and other departments within the FVRD, recently began using mobile CAD terminals in some of their apparatus. These are used to perform status changes without need for radio transmissions. They also give responding crews access to notes, incident history, maps and building information on the call to which they are responding.

Ambulance

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) operates 2 stations within the City of Abbotsford. The stations in Abbotsford are dispatched on Channel 5 VHF frequency from BCAS's Region 2 dispatch centre in Vancouver. Channel 5 encompasses all areas in BCAS Region 2 which are not using the ECOMM WARS; all areas outside of Metro Vancouver. There are numerous different repeater locations.

Frequencies

149.4400 - Simplex 3 -      Abbotsford -          123.0
149.6800 - Repeater I -     Chilliwack -          114.8
142.3950 - Repeater 5 -     Boston Bar -          123.0
142.2450 - Interconnect 3 - Boston Bar
149.2600 - Repeater K -     Hope -                100.0
142.1550 - Repeater 2 -     Hope/Sunshine Coast - 123.0

BCAS also uses these special operation channels throughout all of its regions which are dispatched on VHF frequencies.

158.7600 - Provincial Air Ambulance Operations - 123.0
149.4950 - Helicopter Air-to-Ground
149.5900 - Mass Casualty Incident - 123.0
155.4600 - FIRECOM 1
155.8900 - FIRECOM 2
149.5900 - HOSPITAL 1 - 103.5
149.5900 - HOSPITAL 2 - 107.2
149.5900 - HOSPITAL 3 - 123.0
149.5900 - HOSPITAL 4 - 127.3
149.5900 - HOSPITAL 5

Station 205

Station 205, located at 2855 Mt Lehman Rd Abbotsford, BC, operates 1 24/7 staffed Basic Life Support (BLS) car, 205A.

Station 202

Station 202, located at 2000 Abbotsford Way Abbotsford, BC, operates 2 24/7 staffed BLS cars, 202A1 and 202A2, and one 11 hour dayshift/7 days/week car, 202B.

Additional resources can be brought in at anytime from surrounding stations in Mission, Chilliwack or Langley. Common cross coverage locations are Hwy-11 & Old Clayburn Rd for cars from Mission Station 215 and Hwy-1 & Sumas Way for cars from Chilliwack Station 206.

Hospital

Abbotsford's extremely aged Matsqui-South Abbotsford (MSA) Hospital located at 2179 McCallum Rd recently closed permanently. It's replacement is the brand new Abbotsford Regional Hospital (ARH) located at 32900 Marshall Rd. ARH features a landing pad for Air Ambulances and a cancer centre.

Airport (YXX)

  • 119.4000 - Tower - Inner
  • 121.0000 - Tower - Outer
  • 121.8000 - Ground
  • 122.5000 - Kamploops Radio (Comms)
  • 126.7000 - Kamloops Radio (Comms)
  • 119.8000 - ATIS <-- This Is A Continuous Broadcast
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